Roller hockey can only be played on dry surfaces. Skates that have wheels are used by players. Contrary to what many believe, 3 main types of roller hockey exist. The traditional style is skater hockey, played with the use of quad roller skates. Another variation that will use inline skates as well as pucks is inline hockey. In the beginning we saw quad rollers being used in skater hockey, then turning towards the use of inline skates. Let us analyze roller hockey games now.
Quad roller hockey enjoys a huge popularity. Basically it is a rollersport that did appear before inline skates were created. 60 countries all around the world show big popularity in this sport. Every single one had a different name to describe this sport. Even the term hardball hockey was utilized to describe the sport we now know as quad roller hockey. In 1992 one Summer Olympics demonstration was held, which raised its popularity even more.
Inline roller hockey uses inline skates. The similarity with ice hockey is clearly visible. We basically have a dry rink and 2 teams, each fomed of five members. 3 quarter of an hour periods are played and there are differences when compared with ice hockey. We do not have body checks although we are talking about one contact sport. The aggressiveness and skill levels needed are similar just that we use inline roller skates. We have to also mention skater hockey as it is really similar to popular ice hockey. This is because you are allowed to use body checking in this variation.
Even if we see a lot of constant popularity increase spikes with roller hockey it can not ever reach levels seen in ice hockey. This game can be labeled as not being as spectacular and definitely slower. The good news is that we are sure we will see a lot of new teams surfacing in the future.